The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Albert Omirin, has faulted the ongoing review sessions of the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly.
Omirin told the Newsmen in Lagos at the Senate constitution review session for the South-West zone that what Nigeria needed was a totally new constitution and not a review.
According to him, reshaping the 1999 Constitution is not the answer as what Nigerians need now is to sit down and write a new constitution for the country, owing to several lapses in the current one. “We are spending a fortune on these reviews; we need to sit down and write a new one instead,” the speaker said.
The Speaker also said there is a need for Nigeria to call a national conference, whereas what the National Assembly is doing now is like a referendum, as there may not be any referendum after the public hearing.
On the issue of granting a special status to Lagos, the speaker said that it was very important to the nation’s economic well-being to grant it.
On the issue of State creation, Omirin said almost all tribes of Nigeria are in Lagos and Lagos is the economic capital of the nation, the agitation for more states is because of financial problems confronting Nigerians; according to him, if resources are well managed, the agitation will reduce.
Omirin said people want their own share of the national cake, since some states depend solely on revenue allocation rather than what they can generate internally, the argument persists. He also argued against financial autonomy to councils, insisting that most of the local government areas existed just to squander money and as such recommended that he councils need to be supervised by the states.
On capital punishment for corrupt officials, the speaker said it would mean killing almost all Nigerians as corruption had become endemic in the country. “We need God’s intervention and need to build strong institutions that can stand the test of time.” He said.